Cellist Maja Bugge (NO / UK) and pianist Sarah Nicolls (UK) will be digitally present at the festival with a concert performance that includes both music and conversations.
This is a collage of everyday stories, research and catchy music. With humor and a playful musical dialogue, you can prepare to laugh, cry, be challenged and maybe go home with some new thoughts on how we adapt to a changing world. You will hear about the crutch that has become a climate refugee and you will meet climate researchers from the FRAM center in Tromsø and the University of Durham (UK).
Maja and Sarah are two individuals just like you and me. They are still living under severe COVID-19 closure in England and working from home with their children and spouses. As musicians, they often use their music to highlight the climate crisis, but they are not doomsday prophets. Instead, they use the music and the stage to examine hope and coexistence.
The project is a collaboration between FRAM - the High North Center for Climate and Environmental Research, the Cheltenham Music Festival (UK) and Festspillene i Nord-Norge and has its world premiere during FINN 2021.
About the artists
Cellist Maja Bugge has grown up in Vesterålen and currently lives in England. In 2019, she received rave reviews for the commissioned work "NORTHERN" for the Manchester Jazz festival and is described by The Wire as an artist with "Imaginative Vitality".
British Sarah Nicolls an internationally renowned pianist who, among others. a. has premiered with the London Sinfonietta, RSF New Music Biennial and Matthew Herbert's 20 Pianos project. Her music is regularly played on BBC radio 3. Sarah has also built a unique "inside-out" piano that gives access to completely new soundscapes.